Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week which you can read here. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Bills.
Jeff (via e-mail): Can you post a video of the "near" miracle catch with 17 seconds left? Really trying to see it again, have not been able to find it. Need to torture myself and see just how close we really were to a miracle ending.
Here's a link if you're still feeling masochistic.
bklyndude: How much time do you need to spend on each game on average?
I can do the film review within 3-4 hours these days, but then it takes me longer to write up each positional review and chart certain things. It's probably a 12-15 hour exercise on average these days, not including the BGA Extra.
davenyc: Will Muhammad Wilkerson's leg injury have any impact on resigning him?
It shouldn't do, because presumably that's an injury you can get back to 100 percent from. We'll have to wait and see how that plays out, but if Darrelle Revis was traded and signed to a $16 million contract coming off an ACL tear, then Wilkerson's broken leg shouldn't prevent things from moving on.
davenyc: What will happen with Jeremy Kerley? If they hate him so obviously that they wouldn't play him last week will they cut him and take the ~$1.5m dead money next year? On the same note, what about Dee Milliner?
Kerley is likely gone. They won't care about the $1.5 million in dead money if they're making a $2.5 million net saving. Would they even reduce his salary to the minimum so he has a cap hit of about $2.3 million if they just see him as a punt returner? Doubtful.
As for Milliner, his money is supposedly fully guaranteed so they're almost cutting their nose to spite their face if they let him walk and have to pay him anyway. However, I'm not sure exactly how his roster bonus works. If they're not going to be on the hook for that sum, then cutting him would be more or less cap neutral. Maybe not playing him this year had something to do with that.
I could see the Jets trading Milliner for another team's equivalent in terms of being a disappointment with guaranteed money. Kinda like the Wayne Hunter-Jason Smith trade.
davenyc: Based on what you have seen this season- what's the one position group that the team (as far as you can tell) and fans think the Jets are solid that might not be?
I don't think there's a single position group on this team that hasn't been complained about by some cross-section of the fanbase this year.
stanleybostitch: Are NBA-style 'sign+trades' possible in the NFL? I'm wondering if we could sign Snacks and then flip him for a 2nd rounder in the draft.
The main way you might expect to see this would be for a player with a franchise tag. In fact, that's what the Jets might do with Wilkerson (just as they once did with John Abraham to land the pick that landed them Nick Mangold). Obviously you only get one franchise tag so Damon Harrison perhaps wouldn't be an ideal candidate.
Once you have a franchise tag in place, you can agree any level of trade compensation and the player can then sign a long-term deal with the acquiring team.
You wouldn't typically sign a conventional contract and then trade the player because that would land you with a dead money hit if there was a signing bonus. Also, there are certain restrictions in place for restricted free agents. For example, when the recently-tendered Abram Elam was included in the Mark Sanchez trade, the deal was almost held up because he had to sign off on it.
stanleybostitch: Can you address 2016 and the draft in the Extra (or indicate plans for doing so later in the year). So many decisions, if I had to pick one question for now I'd ask about the O-Line, as it all starts in the trenches. Do we cut bait on Brick, draft a young stud, bring in FA's, and what's your take on the state of the line - time for a rebuild?
Bassett is covering that in depth in his six-part Offseason Primer series which began yesterday.
I'll be covering potential draft prospects like I did last year in BGA articles from after the Super Bowl until the draft.
With reference to your specific questions, I think cutting bait on D'Brickashaw Ferguson would be a risky move, but they should probably look to draft his heir apparent. If that player can start in another position next year, that would be even better. Of course, I said the same thing last year. I know we'd all like to see some upgrades on the right side of the line.
bklyndude: I guess the question that will haunt fans during the off season is why start off with that game plan on Watkins and why not adjust sooner when he starts making so many plays? How often did the team use Revis in zone during the season?
They did use Revis in zone from time-to-time during the season, even when the other team had an obvious number one receiver for him to track.
To some extent, they did adjust on Sunday, with more press and more zone into the second half. Watkins had just one first down in the last 20 minutes. Like you said, it was too late though.
lamjones: What are the chances Revis is hurt too?
I suppose everyone is banged-up to some extent and Revis isn't getting any younger. However, he did get to miss a couple of weeks with a concussion, so you'd like to think his body was fresh going down the stretch.
TK: How is Quinton Coples not a better option at OLB than Sheldon Richardson? Sheldon is a freak, I get it. But he's a freak on the DL, not at OLB. He has to be one of the most limited OLB in the league. To me, I see the following - too slow in space, can't drop back in coverage, and putting him on the edge weakens his run stop ability and his pass rushing. It looked like his main job was to set the edge and not let them break contain and I didn't think he was great at that either?
Richardson actually did a pretty good job off the edge rushing the passer. He admitted himself that he has screwed up his reads a few times when playing that position and it did seem like teams actually tried to exploit this deliberately at times. Presumably that's something he'd get better at with more time there, but missing four weeks suspended (and then another with an injury) was not ideal. Playing outside did mean he wasn't as much of a factor in stopping the run between the tackles, but then again that doesn't matter because the team was plenty capable of achieving that without him. Also, he did play enough reps inside that it didn't completely remove his impact inside.
I don't think Coples matters anymore because he obviously wasn't seen as a fit for whatever (football or non-football) reason, but if the Jets won and were heading to the postseason with no Wilkerson, they'd probably regret having let him go.
TK: There has to be something more to Chris Ivory not playing more, no? Behavioral issues of some sort?
I've not heard any reports of Ivory insubordination but that was curious. Ivory said he wasn't hurt but doesn't know why he didn't play more and didn't ask.
So…why didn't he ask?
bklyndude: (1) Why didn't the coaches adjust to Watkins killing us and have Revis press him at the LOS? (2) Were the coaches afraid of Tyrod Taylor throwing over the top on a cold windy day in Buffalo? (3) What happened to a ball controlled offense in December in the northeast and trust your defense to do what it did all season? (4) Did Chris Ivory have a broken leg and if not please explain six carries? (5) Did Chan go to the well once too often with those post routes to Decker? (6) Will Bowles learn special teams are important?
(1) As noted, they sort of did, just too late.
(2) I hope not. That's like refusing to double-team Michael Jordan because you're worried about BJ Armstrong.
(3) It wasn't December.
(4) He obviously got six carries, because only five would have been stupid.
(5) Yes. Exactly once too often.
(6) Maybe he finally did.
adamsprung: You wrote: "It's ironic in a way because this is exactly the kind of game Rex Ryan would often blow when he was coaching the Jets." What are you talking about??????? Rex won 4 road playoff games, against teams with much better quarterbacks. He beat Colts and Bengals to get into playoffs (I know because Peyton sat but the Jets showed up that game and would have lost because they had less talent). This team was so much more talented than teams Rex coached last bunch of years and much more talented than injured Bills. Rex's teams lost because they didn't have the talent (especially at QB and Wr) and deserved to lose. This team was more talented than every team they played and didn't get the job done. No excuse to lose to Bills twice, especially with everything on the line and Bills missing lots of good players.
I'm taking about the KIND of game - i.e. a low-scoring and tight affair in which the team needs to execute to win, but a few mistakes here and there can be enough to cost you the game.
Example: From December 2009 to December 2012, the Jets lost 18 games in a row when they scored 21 or fewer.
That's what I'm talking about.
Dave Grohl (via e-mail): Did you title your Revis article "Isle Stick Around" because the lyrics to that song say "I don't owe you anything" as an obvious satirical commentary about how overpaid Revis is and his refusal to speak to the media?
And finally: The GIF of the week (and maybe even the whole season) starring Dan Carpenter.